When I am on a boat
I float, I know I can never drown
I see under water, land
The wind, the wind is the only sound

Take your hand and I go under, I'm under and above
Take your hand and I go under, I'm under and above

On the river, I'm falling in
Under water, I'm diving in
To the ocean, a thousand black water lilies
In the river, I'm falling in
Under water, I'm diving in
To the ocean, a thousand black water lilies
Black water lilies

Arms are reaching for
My arms, I can see no more
We dance as we float around
We head towards the ocean floor

Take your hand and I go under, I'm under and above
Take your hand and I go under, I'm under and above

On the river, I'm falling in
Under water, I'm diving in
To the ocean, a thousand black water lilies
In the river, I'm falling in
Under water, I'm diving in
To the ocean, a thousand black water lilies
Black water lilies

(Water lilies, water lilies, water lilies, water lilies)


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    My InterpretationI picture this song as a story in a fictional location:

    Two children are on this boat. The perspective of the main character is a particularly small child. Their boat is on a ocean with lilies floating on the surface. Both marvel at the beauty while in the safety of their small boat. All of a sudden the small child falls, while the other tries to catch her, the girl trying to reach for her companion as well but ultimately failing. As she splashes into the water, she tries once again to reach for her companion only to get a fistful of the lilies that were floating on the surface.

    Unfortunately, the girl (at least what I picture) falls into the water and the other child is unable to do anything since they both cannot swim. As the girl falls into the depths of the ocean as she drowns, she continues to marvel at the lilies that now appear to be black due to the shadow cast by the sun. Her arms are extended out as she sinks, but in one hand, there is the one lily she managed to grasp from the surface.

    I picture a girl floating slowly and silently to the bottom of the ocean floor, without panic but a rather serene look in her face. The song depicts her having a flashback of the entire situation that had just occurred.
    mim2000on January 23, 2017   Link

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